Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program


Host university contact information (Dr. Nikolaos Depountis,

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Collaborative Project will focus on Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering

Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program to Support Projects at Universities in Greece

The University of Patras, on March 22, 2022, was selected by the Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program (GDFP) to host a scholar from South Africa to work on a collaborative project in the field of Engineering Geology and Geotechncial Engineering with the performance of “Large scale shear tests of soil-geosynthetic interfaces”. Dr. Nikolaos Depountis, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology will lead the project, together with Dr. Maria Ferentinou, a Fellow from University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

The project intends to expand the research in the area of soil-geosynthetic interfaces by performing large-scale shear tests in the laboratory of Engineering Geology during the period June 23rd-July 17th 2022. Moreover, the project intends to define peak and residual failure envelopes as well as coefficients of interaction among different geosynthetics and geomembranes with soil interfaces, that are commonly applied in earthwork and environmental applications. The mutual interest in this particular research will offer opportunities to undergraduate and postgraduate students to be further educated on certain aspects, functions and elements of the design and use of geosynthetics. The collaborative project aims to expand the international cooperation of University of Patras with institutes and academics from abroad and exchange with others scientific knowledge and research experience.

The current project hosted by the University of Patras is one of 36 projects that will pair members of the Greek and Cypriot academic diaspora with higher education institutions and collaborators in Greece to work together on curriculum co-development, collaborative research, graduate and undergraduate research training and mentoring activities in the coming months.

The GDFP, now in its fourth year, is designed to enable brain circulation between Greek universities and universities abroad, strengthen capacity at the host institutions, and develop long-term, mutually-beneficial collaborations. It is funded by the Stravros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) and managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with the Fulbright Foundation in Greece. A total of 123 Fellowships have been awarded since the program’s inception.

Fellowships match host universities with scholars and cover the expenses for project visits of between 14 and 90 days, including transportation, a daily stipend, materials allowance and health insurance.

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